Sad News for Burger Fiends: Getta Burger Has Closed All of Its Brisbane Eateries
Owner Brent Poulter has advised that rising cost-of-living pressures are behind the decision to shutter the chain's Brisbane stores, with its Townsville outposts still open.
November 27, 2023
Oversized, OTT burgers from Getta Burger are no longer on the menu in Brisbane, with the chain suddenly calling time on its River City stores. After starting in Carina and growing swiftly since, the brand has shuttered its local venues, leaving only outposts in Townsville.
On Friday, November 24, owner Brent Poulter advised that rising cost-of-living pressures are behind the decision in a post on the chain's website.
"I've taken the tough decision to close our Brisbane stores. Our Townsville stores remain open, and we appreciate the ongoing support of the local community," the statement begins.
"Like many small businesses across the state and the country, our stores have felt the full impact of the rising cost of living. I know we are not the only local businesses facing this pressure, and mine is not the only family feeling the pinch."
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"At Getta Burgers, we built our burgers by sourcing the best meat from local butchers, supporting great local producers, and knowing what goes into each burger. Our stores are known for their quality product and great dining experience. In the current operating environment, it was becoming increasingly difficult to meet our great standards and be a successful business," Poulter continued.
"We don't want to cut corners. We don't want to sell inferior meat and charge the same price. As many businesses know too well, it becomes difficult to carry increasing costs and not pass them on to our customers."
"During COVID, we chose not to take any assistance. We adjusted our business model to takeaway and delivery so we could keep our staff employed and serve our customers. Although the cost of delivery was (and is) 30 percent, we wore these costs to keep going. Now though, small businesses across the country are facing severe challenges of increased rents and outgoings, increased cost of goods and staffing challenges, but without any support."
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Getta Burger's Brisbane footprint grew to include Bridgeman Downs, West End and Clayfield, as well as Capalaba, North Lakes, Cannon Hill, Victoria Point, Carina, Springfield Lakes, Holmview, Yamanto and Yatala
The chain attracted burger lovers with its handmade patties and hefty size, with its burgs crafted American-style and loaded with everything from fried mozzarella sticks to 12-hour smoked brisket. Loaded fries proved a hit among the sides, plus doughnut fries among the dessert options.
To keep up to date with Getta Burger's locations, head to its website.
Top image: Google Maps.
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